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Subject: Re: Why don't we have any baby pumpkins and cuke Date: 7/6/2006 3:59 PM
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Saw you got one reply re cross-pollination. Here's another which may/may not be relative depending on where you live. Here in New England it has been overly wet all spring. Because of this, many plants which are insect pollinated (squash, pumpkins, cukes, etc.) have not had sufficient dry days to get good pollination going. If you get a couple of dry days while the flowers are open, they (the bees) will be able to get their work done.

Also, look carefully at the bases of the flowers on your plants. Especially with the squash family, you can tell the male and female flowers apart by the stem of the flower: for example each female squash/zucchini flower will have a very, very teeny squash formed at the base of the flower followed by the stem linking it to the plant proper. These plants throw both male and female flowers, and are considered "self pollinating" insofar as you can get fruiting with only one plant in your yard. The bees pollinate the female flowers from the male flowers. That said, if you look and all of your flowers are male, it won't matter if you have 1 hill of squash or 100 ... if all the flowers are male (or female - not likely), you won't get any fruit to form.

HTH,

DP
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